<VV> Suspension diagram.

BBRT chsadek at comcast.net
Mon Nov 12 11:32:06 EST 2007


First go to Clarks or Corvair Underground online catalogs and look at the 
pictures. They have the names of parts. This will help you understand what 
they are called.
1.  It is better to have suspension unloaded to grease as the grease gets 
onto the loaded surfaces, but you probably have a clogged zerk fitting.
2. Tie rods are probably ok. You need to check for back and forth or side to 
side looseness. Rotational means they are greased. If they are really easy, 
they may have too much play, but check for side to side, etc.
3. Ball joints are spherical joints in this case.  You check them by placing 
a support under the lower control arm raising the wheel or drum off the 
ground, and unloading the joint. You use a big pry bar under the tire or 
drum and lift up. The tire/drum shouldn't move more than  less than say, 
.050" or something like that. There are specs for allowed movement of ball 
joints. Point is, if there is noticeable movement, change them. Not an easy 
job, BTW.
Good Luck.  You need some reference manuals.

Chuck S
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Chris C" <ricorvair at cox.net>
To: "VirtualVairs AA" <VirtualVairs at corvair.org>
Sent: Monday, November 12, 2007 10:51 AM
Subject: <VV> Suspension diagram.

> Anybody know where I can locate a good labeled picture of the front/rear 
> suspensions?  Ordering the parts would be so much easier if I knew what 
> the parts are called.
> I started looking at my front/rear suspension.  My personal lack of 
> knowledge is immense.  Forgive me if I use the wrong names...I am going by 
> diagrams.
> _*Front end:*_
> 0.  I have the front of the car on a set of ramps (so its like the vehicle 
> is on the ground).
> 1.  The ball joints would not accept grease.   Is their something wrong, 
> or is it because they are under pressure (its on ramps).
> 2.  The tie rods can be rotated easily by hand.  Grease goes in ok. Is 
> this normal.  Or do they need to be replaced?
> 3.  Are ball joints referred to in the shop manual as spherical joints? 
> Is their an easy way to tell if they need to be replaced.  I have never 
> replaced them (it sat from 72 to 96).  The ride is a bit bouncy, but at 70 
> the front end feels too light anyway.
> 4.  Everything else looks ok at this time.
> _*Rear End
> *_Forgive me I could not find a diagram this morning to name the parts. 
> Will try again tonight._*
> *_I could not get under the car with the front end up on ramps, but I did 
> notice the bar that connects the inside with the outside under the heavy 
> suspension arm was noticeably loose.  The rubber bushings are so heavily 
> degraded they are falling apart.
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